Process-Relational Thinking Toward Ecological Civilization
CPS Executive Director Andrew Schwartz will be teaching a 3 1/2 day intensive course on process-relational thinking toward ecological civilization, focusing mainly on responses to the Pope's encyclical (Laudato Si'). Selected authors will join the course as special guests as we respond together to one of the most profound challenges humanity has ever faced.
Our world is in peril. The practices and worldviews of modern civilization have led us to the brink of civilizational collapse. What hope can there be in the midst of such crisis? For many, it is the vision of an ecological civilization. This vision has gained prominence in China, where the search for a post-modern way of sustainable living has brought many in conversation with the Constructive Postmodern Organic Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. This course is an intensive introduction to process-relational philosophy and its relevance for ecological civilization; by way of engagement with Pope Francis’ call to “integral ecology” in his encyclical (Laudato Si’) and John Cobb’s call to “ecological civilization” as demonstrated in the multi-author volume For Our Common Home: Process-Relational Responses to Laudato Si’.
Taking full advantage of the process community (and classroom technology) selected authors from For Our Common Home will be brought in as guest lecturers. The opportunity to engage with course authors is an enriching experience, and will help the course texts come to life! Guests include:
- John B. Cobb, Jr.
- Mary Evelyn Tucker
- Philip Clayton
- Zhihe Wang
- Jay McDaniel
For Our Common Home: Process-Relational Responses to the Laudato Si’, edited by John Cobb and Ignacio Castuera (Process Century Press, 2015)
Replanting Ourselves in Beauty: Toward an Ecological Civilization, by Jay McDaniel and Patricia Adams Farmer (Process Century Press, 2015)
Toward Ecological Civilization: ecociv.org
Seizing an Alternative Conference: www.ctr4process.org/whitehead2015
Jesus, Jazz, Buddhism: www.jesusjazzbuddhism.org/
Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale: http://fore.research.yale.edu/
Parliament of World Religions: http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/index.cfm?n=7&sn=3
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): http://www.ipcc.ch/
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: http://unfccc.int/2860.php
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): http://climate.nasa.gov/
New York Times: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/science/topics/globalwarming/index.html
The Earth Charter: http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/pages/What-is-the-EarthCharter%3F.html
(This Schedule is Subject to Change)
- 9-12: What is Process-Relational Thinking? | Guest: John B. Cobb, Jr.
- 2-5: What is Ecological Civilization? | Guest: Philip Clayton
- 9-12: Organic Philosophy & Ecological Civilization | Guest: TBA
- 2-5: Ecological Civilization in China | Guest: Zhihe Wang
- 9-12: Laudato Si' & Integral Ecology | Guest: Mary Evelyn Tucker
- 2-5: Integral Ecology & Ecological Civilization | Guest: Jay McDaniel
- 9-12: Next Steps?: Toward Ecological Civilization